Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Hobonichi Techo Collage

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Hobonichi:  A Japanese company specializing in
planners and accessories, which encourages their
customers to "Make it your Life Book."
Techo:  Japanese for 'planner'.
Collage: A composition or design made by arranging
 and gluing materials to a background surface. 

My Techo is the A6 size English planner, so it's
roughly 4 inches by 6 inches, and the quotes on
each two-day spread are translated into
English. They are not necessarily 'motivational
quotes' but rather quotations from books, and
are often quirky or amusing.

I challenged myself for the month of August
to create a collage each day.

Scrapbook paper, envelope liners, doodles,
painted papers, scraps sent from blogging
buddies...they're all resources!

Our daughter asked us to volunteer at a Nascar
event, to benefit the Music Boosters at her school.
Hubby thought it sounded fun. Above, my pass for
the day. Our job was to help attendees on and off
of the Trams that went from the camping area to
the racetrack. We met lots of happy people from
many different places, including Canada, England,
Wisconsin, Michigan, and Ohio.

Since I dressed for sun protection and comfort,
my appearance that day was very odd, especially
with the addition of the red vest we were required
to wear!  (as my 'selfie' cartoon clearly shows)
The open-air Trams had chains or ropes
as 'guardrails' at the end of each row of seats,
fastened with caribiners.  I found that when you are
trying to be efficient and quick, that is when you
become the most clumsy at unfastening a
caribiner! (I don't think I will ever be a rock climber)
I had taken a backpack with drawing supplies,
but we were kept busy all day, so no chance
to sketch!

When someone comes up and stands beside you and blocks
your view, you might end up with 'half' a person. Can you
spot her?

Always interesting times when we visit the daughter
and son-in-law.  Daughter plays in a praise band
at her church, and they also are 4-H advisers.
So we went to a small-town parade and a barbecue
fund-raiser on Saturday, and got details about
the planning for the 4-H booth at the Fulton
county fair.  I expect we will go to the tractor pull,
and I will try to do some sketching of the 
animals again. Stay tuned...

I recently exchanged some Happy Mail with someone
in Washington state, and received a lovely package
stuffed with vintage ephemera from 
#forgottengems (on Instagram) The above collage
includes some of the goodies she sent. 

Linking up for T Tuesday, where we share a 
beverage related post with our hosts
Bleubeard and Elizabeth.  Last week there
were 10 coffee cups in my post (if you count the
one that was repeated a second time) but you
could actually have counted the magic potion 
as a beverage too, making 11! 

How many cups do you see this week?

Monday, August 6, 2018

Wizard Finale

I rather hated to see the end of July arrive,
as I've enjoyed drawing Harry Potter characters
and creatures so much!  Top left, the Hippogriff: 
a magical creature with the head and wings
 of an eagle, and the body of a horse.
Top right, Hermione's familiar: this cat could recognize
untrustworthy people and creatures. (the model
was a Persian cat image online)

Hubby is doing much better after his fall off of
the ladder last week.  He still has some sore spots,
 but at least the muscle spasms have mostly
 subsided. He even went to the State Fair with my 
daughter and I. He is a good sport, and puts
up with my sketching adventures...
and, our son drove all the way from Tennessee
to Ohio to help finish the dreaded "Gutter Project."
It was good to see him, and we are very 
grateful for his help!

To fill in some information for those who haven't
read the Harry Potter books, the owls carried
wizard's messages, just like our mail, only way
more entertaining!  The Niffler is a magical
 creature that is very fast and cunning,
but so cute. A Niffler will steal any shiny object,
especially jewelry, and is very difficult to
apprehend if allowed to escape. 

The Pygmy Puff was a magical creature that was
sold in the Weasley twins' joke shop. (It looks 
suspiciously like the Tribble from Star Trek) I
don't remember if it had a function other than 
being cute.  The baby dragon, which the Wizarding
School's gamekeeper hatched from an egg, was
pretty fierce even as a baby.  It kept setting
things on fire...

The popularity of Harry Potter's wizarding world
seems unabated, and you can even take a quiz
online to see which 'House' that you would be
in at Hogwarts School of Wizardry.  According
to the  Pottermore site (which has the approval
 of the author, J.K. Rowling) it turns out
I would be in Hufflepuff.  Probably because I 
value Trust and Loyalty very highly. (Plus I don't
see myself as highly brave, for Gryffindor!)
It's all in good fun, and hypothetical, of course.

The Patronus is an ethereal being conjured with 
a very difficult, but powerful spell.  The Patronus
cast by each witch or wizard reflected the strengths
and personality of that wizard.  I think the description
compares with the Spirit Animals with 
which each Native American identified. 
 I was surprised to be a black bear!

And on the last day of the month, the prompt
was to explain what wizarding career you would 
have.  No fighting monsters or Dark Magic for me...
just let me make cool stuff!
I am a bit sad to see the end of July,
as it means...

I didn't find any drawing challenges that struck
my fancy, so I guess I will just make collages.

It will bulk up my journal and make it 
chunky for sure!  Joining
Bleubeard and Elizabeth for T Tuesday,
for which I've drawn many coffee cups!
What are you drinking today?

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Mexican Serpents

Art Journal Page: Mexican Serpents, 8" x 4 3/4".
Collage, watercolor, and marker on paper.

What had originally intended to be an
abstract collage, somehow became a
collage with Mexican serpents.  And using
orange and blue, which is my least 
favorite color combination!  For
some reason it just happened.

Interesting how what is within arm's reach
can cause the results to be quite different
than you anticipated. That orange Sharpie
was just innocently there in my pen holder...
(on my monitor the Sharpie color looks red,
but the pen is actually orange.)

The Mexican serpent motifs were suggested
from designs in a book titled "Design Motifs of
Ancient Mexico" by Jorge Enciso.  I bought it
used, so I don't know if it's still in print.  It's a
Dover publication, so limited use for artworks
is permitted.

Many motifs used today are quite reminiscent
 of these ancient designs.  We artists are
 still quite fond of repeated lines, circles, 
triangles, dots and curlicues. The geometry
of the world -- from ancient times, through
the Renaissance, into Impressionism and
beyond.  Linking up with Art Journal Journey,
where the theme for the month is 
'art for art's sake.'  

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Wizards Volume II

A month of Harry Potter continues...it has
been 20 years since the first book was published!
Above, Tom Riddle and Draco Malfoy,
two villains we 'love to hate.'

The Dursleys, and a Dementor...

It seems like I've been writing about fascias,
soffits, and downspouts all summer as we
tried to make the necessary replacements
ourselves. And then it happened.

Hubby fell off the ladder. He's ok, just
really sore. (CT scan at hospital to make
sure!) Hind sight is 20/20...we should have
hired someone to do it!

Harry Potter's 'muggle' family,
the Dursleys.

In case you were wondering, there 
were nine coffee cups in my post
last week. Not nearly so many this week.
Linking up for T Tuesday over at
Bleubeard and Elizabeth's blog.

Hippogriff: a mythical creature with the body of
a horse; wings, head and front claws of a raptor.

I hope your week has been 
uneventful, or at least events 
were pleasant!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Tribute to Wizards

The month of July is
"Harry Potter Month" in my
Hobonichi A6.

I especially love the 'young' Harry Potter
characters from the first couple of movies.
And of course I've read the books several times
too.  Never mind that they are supposed to be
books for kids.  They are great fun!

After a month of drawing toys in June,
I stumbled upon #thelicklekiwi challenge of
#31daysofharry on Instagram...perfect!

Then realized after a couple of days that many
of the participants are professional illustrators
interpreting the characters in their own
cartoon style. OK then. 
I will still do my own thing...

portrait sketches from photos.

Well, the Weasley twins are kind of
'cartooney' on this page. Didn't have time
 that day for realism, I guess.  

Enjoying doing these, though I admit
I tend to get behind a couple of days
and then catch up, especially when
the family was visiting over the 
4th of July holiday!

"You look in excellent health to me, Potter, so you will
excuse me if I don't let you off homework today. I
assure you that if you do DIE, you need not turn it in."
~Professor Mcgonagall

Some suspicious characters...

and some that we
love to hate!

My Instagram is

Linking up with Bleubeard and Elizabeth's
T Tuesday with my Tribute to Wizards,
where we post something beverage-related.
How many beverages did you spot
on my pages?

Hope your day is filled with sunshine!
Thanks for stopping by...

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

T is for Traveler's Notebook

A few more pages in my
Traveler's Notebook of quotes.
Where would you rate
your 'level' of weirdness?

Wise words of Jack London...
and quote from a fictional character in
the show "Eureka."  Loved that show.
 It struck a chord regarding the things
our government spends money on...
maybe with good reason, but
maybe not.

Joining the T Tuesday blog hop
for a beverage and a chat.
Stop by to see our
latest adventures!

Friday, June 22, 2018

Drawing and Stitching Friday Smiles

A Smurf and Funshine Bear,

Counted Cross-stitch Pin Keeps,

Quilted Flag,

Watercolors and highlighters,

and a Star Trek toy phaser!
They all make me smile...
I am a bit of a Sci Fi geek.

What makes you smile?

Visit A Stitch in Time for
more smiles.